2020/21 London Concert Season
In the 2020/21 season at London’s Southbank Centre, our year-long series 2020 Vision continues. Beethoven and Schubert meet Adams and Lindberg, and Stravinsky encounters Brett Dean. The series culminates with the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio.
In 2021 the LPO embarks on its boldest undertaking yet: Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Vladimir Jurowski. We perform two star-studded semi-staged complete performances, featuring Torsten Kerl, Ruxandra Donose, Lise Lindstrom and more.
We also welcome composer Brett Dean as Composer in Residence and will perform three of his pieces including The Players for orchestra and accordion, and as ever we welcome a range of world-class artists, including Ray Chen playing Brahms’s Violin Concerto, Víkingur Ólafsson performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Steven Isserlis performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
Do join us to experience the wonder of orchestral music.
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September 2020 - April 2021
Fantastic Symphony | 23 September 2020
The season opens with a roof-raising musical phantasmagoria – Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique conducted by Edward Gardner. First though, Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular overture from Romeo and Juliet, and Gerald Finley enters the luminous world of Lutosławski’s Les Espaces du sommeil.
Infinity and beyond | 26 September 2020
John Adams’s choral symphony Harmonium lifts off into realms of pure sonic ecstasy - the perfect modern counterpart to the heaven-storming fanfares of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage completes the programme.
2011: Storming the heavens | 30 September 2020
John Storgårds conducts Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony – a work of undimmed popularity and power, Simone Lamsma plays Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, and Julian Anderson collides Japanese court music, street sounds and echoes of Janáček in his extraordinary Discovery of Heaven.
2012: Absolute Jest | 3 October 2020
Karina Canellakis conducts Beethoven’s firecracker of an Eighth Symphony – a work that cheerfully booted the Classical rule-book out of the window. Plus John Adams’s Absolute Jest: a one-off concerto for string quartet and Four Orchestral Pieces, the multi-coloured masterpiece by Bartók.
2013: Rites of renewal | 7 October 2020
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is a work that blew Western music sky-high. Hear this alongside Franz Schubert’s irrepressible First Symphony of 1813, and the UK Premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Cello Concerto No 2.
Ólafsson plays Grieg | 9 October 2020
Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, Gramophone 2019 Artist of the Year, performs Grieg’s glorious Piano Concerto – the perfect curtain-raiser for Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Fifth Symphony.
2014: A Padmore Cycle | 21 October 2020
We continue our fresh perspective on familiar classics in 2020 vision, as Thierry Fischer conducts Schubert’s delightful Second Symphony, Nielsen’s volcanic ‘Inextinguishable’ Symphony, and Mark Padmore performs the haunted song-cycle that Thomas Larcher created specifically for Padmore’s voice.
Ode to Joy | 24 October 2020
The natural climax to our celebrations for Beethoven 250th anniversary – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is a piece that transcends its era. The concert opens in a blaze of glory with Handel’s Zadok the Priest.
Emotion and tranquility | 6 November 2020
Ray Chen plays Brahms’s sunlit Violin Concerto, the percect foil for Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony - an emotional biography of uncompromising melody and drama.
2015: The midnight sun | 11 November 2020
As part of our 2020 vision series the Orchestra performs Sibelius’s beautiful, evocative Symphony No. 5, and Gábor Boldoczki plays a punchy concertino for trumpet by contemporary Polish master Krzysztof Penderecki. The London premiere of Lotta Wennäkoski’s Verdigris and Schubert’s playful Third Symphony complete the programme.
Mehta conducts Shankar | 18 November 2020
Anoushka Shankar rediscovers one of the 20th century’s most unusual and beautiful masterpieces – her father’s Sitar Concerto No. 2. Hear this alongside Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony in a concert that celebrates the power of art to unite cultures and nourish the spirit.
2016: Song of the night | 25 November 2020
Thomas Søndergård conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, and Schubert’s irresistibly witty Symphony No. 5 before tenor Michael Weinius lends his lustrous voice to Szymanowski’s ecstatic, ravishingly beautiful Third Symphony: ‘The Song of the Night’.
2017: Gavrylyuk plays Prokofiev | 28 November 2020
Thomas Søndergård conducts pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk in Prokofiev’s ferocious Third Piano Concerto, paired with Schubert’s ebullient Sixth Symphony and Ravel’s poignant homage to fallen friends: Le tombeau de Couperin.
2018: Jurowski conducts Enescu | 2 December 2020
Enescu’s Third Symphony is a late-Romantic epic on a scale that Mahler would have recognized. Jurowski inspiringly pairs this with Elena-Kats-Chernin’s Bach-inspired Third Piano Concerto performed by Tamara-Anna Cislowska.
2019: All the world’s a stage | 5 December 2020
Phenomenal accordionist James Crabb performs in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Players, in a concert opening with Bach’s ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto No. 5, and ending with Stravinsky’s irreverent mock- Baroque extravaganza, Pulcinella.
2020: Christmas Oratorio | 12 December 2020
James MacMillan writes with an energy, a commitment and an imaginative fire that give his music a universal appeal. His Christmas Oratorio will find something utterly original in this gentlest and most joyous of sacred stories.
Ring Cycle 1
Das Rheingold, Monday 25 January 2021 at 7pm
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Die Walküre, Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 5pm
Siegfried, Friday 29 January 2021 at 4pm
Götterdämmerung, Sunday 31 January 2021 at 3pm
Ring Cycle 2
Das Rheingold, Friday 5 February 2021 at 7pm
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Die Walküre, Saturday 6 February 2021 at 4pm
Siegfried, Monday 8 February 2021 at 4pm
Götterdämmerung, Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 3pm
Pure Romance | 14 February 2021
On Valentine’s Day, Miloš Karadaglić teams up with Italian maestro Enrique Mazzola in a concert that sets Rodrigo’s ever-popular evocation of Spain alongside the deep, nostalgic passion of Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony.
Romantics and Englishmen | 24 February 2021
Edward Gardner conducts Tippett’s lush Ritual Dances from his opera The Midsummer Marriage, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which burn with poetry and imagination. Dazzling pianist Seong-Jin Cho joins for the fantasy and fireworks of Liszt’s outrageous Second Piano Concerto.
Love, hate and undiscovered worlds | 27 February 2021
The UK premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt, is the centrepiece of a whole evening of musical exploration. Opening with Eric Tanguy’s Affettuoso, a loving tribute to a friend by a great French master, and ending with another UK premiere, Sofia Gubaidulina’s emotionally-charged On Love and Hatred.
Gene Kelly: A Life in Music | 10 March 2021
Combining the music of a live symphony orchestra with a screening of clips from some of Kelly’s most iconic films, this show offers a fascinating and intimate insight into one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars.
Resurrection Symphony | 13 March 2021
Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony is an emotional odyssey on a universal scale that begins in tragedy and ends in the rebirth of a universe. In between comes tenderness, rage, pitch-black humour and – yes – the end of the world itself.
Bohemian rhapsodies | 19 March 2021
Mark Elder is a conductor whose theatrical flair makes everything he touches catch fire. Janáček’s overture Jealousy lights the touchpaper, before Steven Isserlis plays the greatest of all cello concertos, and after the interval, hear Janáček’s sensational orchestral melodrama Taras Bulba.
Emelyanychev conducts Brahms | 24 March 2021
Together, Maxim Emelyanychev and pianist Denis Kozhukhin will make Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emperor’ Concerto the perfect counterpart for Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. The overture to Mozart’s darkest opera, Don Giovanni, sets the stage for an evening of high drama and raw passion.
Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto | 26 March 2021
Colin Currie gives the world premiere of the legendary contemporary film composer Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto. Electrifying rhythmic workouts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Ravel’s Boléro will set the mood for some serious thrills.
Postcards from Paris | 31 March 2021
Dukas’s sumptuous Polyeucte Overture, followed by the phenomenal Jussen brothers in Poulenc’s unashamedly entertaining Double Piano Concerto and Franck’s extraordinary, gothic Symphony in D minor completes this Gallic-flavoured line up.
Canellakis conducts Shostakovich | 14 April 2021
Karina Canellakis scales the peaks of Shostakovich’s stirring Fifth Symphony, and partners the LPO with masterly German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Schumann’s dark horse of a Violin Concerto.
Hough plays Brahms | 16 April 2021
For Stephen Hough, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto is ‘a burst of pure, utter, natural genius’. Hough plays it like no-one on earth, and this might be one of the few performances you’ll hear that has the potential to overshadow Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony.
Russian epics | 21 April 2021
Forged in the fires of war, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony still takes the breath away. It’s certainly a very different Russia from the soaring melodies and exuberant dances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, tonight performed by Gil Shaham.
Exiles and elegies | 24 April 2021
In his penultimate concert with the LPO, Vladimir Jurowski champions Rachmaninoff’s bittersweet, neglected Third Symphony. First though comes Richard Strauss; the LPO’s strings play the devastating wordless war requiem Metamorphosen, and Miah Persson sings the Four Last Songs: sorrow transmuted into pure, radiant beauty.
Jurowski conducts Swan Lake | 28 April 2021
Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake is a profoundly human drama of love, struggle, destiny and redemption. There could be no more fitting last word from our Principal Conductor than this full-length concert performance.